alt-J kicked of their 2017 seaside tour in Brighton, showcasing new material from recently released third album, Relaxer.
Accompanied by gorgeous indie new comers, Blaenavon, the Leeds trio gave a spellbinding performance for eager fans. With little by way of introduction, the band slipped into their first song, 3WW. Coupled with a mesmerising light show the band really know how to push a new single.
They then dived through their now three hit albums spanning a 10-year career, with classics like Tessellate, Matilda and Fitzpleasure captivating the crowd.
Relaxer, although very different to alt-J’s previous albums, brings a fresh feel to the band’s sound, adding diversity vocally. Through toothy grins Gus Unger-Hamilton, the band’s keyboardist, joked with the crowd before drifting into the mesmerising Ripe and Ruin.
With a set list consisting of a whopping 19 songs, 10 of which were taken from their most successful album, An Awesome Wave, fans old and new all had favourites to shout along to.
Relaxer combines dark instrumentals with romantic lyrical themes, something we have already seen in hit single Breezeblocks the song that concluded the evening.
alt-J really are something good.
Words by Heather Baugh